Frequently Asked Questions
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Registration & Fees
Where do I send my Letter of Recommendation?
You should send your letter of recommendation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include "SCA19 Letter of Recommendation" somewhere in the subject line.
What do my registration fees include?
This year's summer camps are being offered at zero cost. There are no registration fees.
How do I pay my registration fees?
This year there are no registration fees for our Summer Camps - both the Cybersecurity camps and the Artificial Intelligence Camp Smart are being offered at zero cost to those accepted.
Who is eligible for this program?
The GenCyber camps as well as Camp Smart are open to high school students (rising 9th through graduating seniors). The Cybersecuity Girl Scout Camp (July 22-26) is open to everyone but applications from active Girl Scouts will be prioritized.
How many GenCyber camps can I attend?
You can attend only one GenCyber camp. Each GenCyber camp will use the same curriculum.
I am not a Girl Scout, can I still attend the GenCyber Camp on July 22-26?
Yes, the GenCyber camp on July 22-26 is open to all students. However, applications from active Girl Scouts will be given priority.
Do I need to attend both GenCyber & Camp Smart?
No, you need not attend both camps. Each GenCyber camp will use the same curriculum. As such, students are welcome to apply for all dates which work for them. While you can apply for multiple GenCyber camp dates, you may only attend 1 GenCyber camp.
Can I apply for both GenCyber & Camp Smart?
Yes, you can apply to attend both camps. Students attending a GenCyber camp may apply for Camp Smart as well. Students who are not sure which camp they should apply for are welcome to apply for both.
What do I bring?
Participants are also advised to bring materials to take notes with. On the days of the tours, participants are advised to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and bug spray. Umbrellas are advised as well if rain is in the forecast. A laptop or tablet computer is not required for this program. The organizers will provide participants with laptops if requested.
The Academy will provide bottled water as well as snacks available throughout the day. Lunch will be provided every day of the camp. Please note that while we will try our utmost to accommodate all food allergies and/or dietary requirements, we may not be able to accommodate all requests for every meal.
How do I submit the consent forms?
Signed and completed consent forms can be given to the Academy coordinators up until the first day of the academy.
What do I wear?
Participants are expected to dress appropriately for the duration of the program. The majority of the program will take place inside the ILSB building that houses many research laboratories. Thus, closed-toe shoes are REQUIRED. Jeans are preferred, but on the days of the tours, appropriate shorts can be worn as well. Please take into consideration the weather forecast for the week of the program. Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hats, and bug spray are advised for the days of the tours. In the case of inclement weather, umbrellas, rain coats, ponchos, etc. are advised.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that circumstances may keep you from attending the camp. We request that you inform us at the earliest so that we may offer your spot to the next eligible participant.
Do participants stay on campus?
This camp follows a day-camp format. So, participants stay on campus from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. They will have to make their own residential arrangements. We have listed some local options on our website but don't provide any residential options.
Are participants restricted to stay on the campus?
Participants are not restricted (nor required) to live on campus outside of camp hours. We are responsible for minors from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Most participants are picked up by their guardians/parents at the end of each day. Guardian/parent may sign a waiver form that allows the participant to leave at the end of the day on their own cognition.
Do participants get to keep the raspberry pi?
Yes, participants get to keep their Raspberry pi computer, bread board, three sensors, power supply for the Raspberry Pi, SD card for the Raspberry Pi and a case for the Raspberry PI. These items cost about $120. In addition, they get to keep camp materials like binders, certificates, notes and t-shirts. The registration fees also include the prices of lunches for each day of the camp, the reception and snacks.
Do participants need to take their own equipment?
Camp attendees are not required to bring any equipment. We provide all necessary equipment. Depending on the weather, they may need to bring an umbrella.
Do participants need to take their own money to pay for their meals?
No, camp participants do not need to pay for food. Snacks, bottled water and lunches are included in the registration fees. Lunch is provided at the historic Sbisa Dining Hall at TAMU. We are able to cater to a number of food restrictions.